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Indonesian Woman Running Nonprofit Network of 1800 Sex Workers

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An Indonesian woman, Yunita, who has been accused of running an online network of close to 1800 sex workers, and is standing trial in Subaya district court in East Java, Indonesia, has denied profiting from the network. According to her, the entire operation, at least on her part, was nonprofit; the sex-workers worked voluntarily, and payments made to her were charitable in nature.

According to prosecutors, the 34-year old college graduate, and the mother of two, used to run her network through online texting and from her BlackBerry Messenger. The police say that at least one prostitute has admitted that Yunita had asked her to entertain a male client for a fee of $149, one-third of which was wired to her bank account.

According to sources, Yunita had only about 30 prostitutes who directly worked under her, though her well-wishing network extended to about 1800 sex-workers according to some estimates, and close to 2600 according to the estimates of others.

  
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However, her defense lawyer Erry Meta told reporters on Monday that the indictment against her was flawed and that “She had never asked for money from them or profited from their work … The prostitutes had readily transferred (the money) to her. She never knew whether or not they had entertained the clients … Yunita never told them what to do so those charges were totally untrue.”

According to those who knew about the modus operandi, usually photos of beauties would be shown to prospective clients through online networks, and after selection, a down payment would be accepted by Yunita or those fronting for her, and the rest of the transaction occurred between the selected sex-worker and her client.

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